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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Authors should submit manuscripts electronically through this platform as a Word file in Make a new submission.

The manuscript and illustrations should be prepared in accordance with the standards of the journal, see Instruction for Authors or download a PDF with the guidelines.


Before submitting a manuscript, be sure that it meets with all the requirements indicated in these instructions. Please follow these instructions to avoid unnecessary delays in the peer review process. In case of doubt, authors are encouraged to check the manuscript format in the latter numbers of the journal.

Authors must submit a line-numbered, page-numbered, Letter size, and double-spaced (12 pt, Arial, Calibri or Times New Roman) version of the manuscript

- Papers should be written in grammatically correct English or Spanish. For English, either British or American spelling is permitted, but one must be used consistently within a manuscript. Authors are advised to follow styles outlined in The CBE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers (6th Ed., Cambridge University Press)

- Manuscripts describing dubious or incomplete observations will be returned to authors without further consideration. Manuscripts describing species or new records for species will be published only if they explicitly mention the institution where the types are deposited

- Nomenclature of genera and species names must agree with the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN), International Trust for Zoological Nomenclature, London, 1999; or the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature, adopted by XIV International Botanical Congress, Berlin, 1987

- Biochemical nomenclature should agree with “Biochemical Nomenclature and Related Documents” (A Compendium, 2nd edition, 1992), International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, published by Portland Press, London and Chapel Hill, UK

- New nucleic acid or amino acid sequences will be published only if they are also deposited in an appropriate data bank (e.g. EMBL, GeneBank, DDBJ)

- The units and abbreviations should follow the International System of Units. Therefore, do not use points after these abbreviations (e.g., g, mm, m, km, ha, l).

- Enter up to four decimals for values of significance. Values below 0.0001 should be described as "p < 0.0001"

- Enter up to two digits for decimal numbers: e.g., 0.02, 1.53


Organization of manuscripts

“Research articles” and “Reviews and Monographs” should be divided in the following sections:

  1. Title page
  2. Abstract
  3. Introduction
  4. Materials and Methods
  5. Results
  6. Discussion
  7. Conclusions
  8. Acknowledgements
  9. References
  10. Figures and Tables

The sections: “Results”, “Discussion” and “Conclusions” can be merged into one section called “Results and Discussion”. “Short communications” must be written using a continuous style, without subtitles excepting for the sections “Abstract”, “Introduction”, “Acknowledgments” and “References


1. Title page: The Title page should include the title of the manuscript, first name(s) in full and surname(s) of author(s) and the institutional address(es) where the work was conducted. The postal address for correspondence, Fax and E-mail should also be given. The title should be short and informative, clearly indicating the issue of the study

2. Abstract: The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research (i.e., hypotheses/objectives), the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, References should be avoided, but if essential, then cite the author(s) and year(s). Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself. The abstract should not exceed 250 words. Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of eight keywords. Do not repeat the terms and words already written in the title. Please, also provide an abstract and keywords in Spanish if the manuscript is written in English and vice versa

3. Introduction: The introduction section should provide sufficient background for the reader to understand and evaluate the study results without the need to consult previous publications on the subject. Each statement should be supported by proper references. Please, also explicitly state the objectives and hypothesis of the study

4. Materials and Methods: Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference. Only relevant modifications should be described

5. Results: This section reveals the results obtained after performing the methods mentioned in the previous section

6. Discussion: This section should be used to compare the results shown along the manuscript with the findings of other similar researches. In addition, this section should be used to indicate the limitations as well as the new questions that open the present study. All statements and comparisons must be supported by ad hoc references

7. Conclusions: This section should be used to briefly highlight the main findings of the manuscript. If needed, this section could be merged with the “Results” and “Discussion” sections

8. Acknowledgements: This section may include all persons, institutions and/or projects that contributed in some way to the development of the study

9. References: It should include all the references mentioned throughout the article. Bibliographic references must be listed alphabetically and using full journal names. Unpublished material, except theses, should not be included


Examples for bibliographic arrangements:


León, D., Peñalver, P., Casas, J., Juan, M., Fuentes, F., Gallego, I., Toja, J. 2014. Effects of copper sulphate on zooplankton communities in ponds submitted to agricultural intensification. Boletín de Biodiversidad de Chile 9: 1-10.


Smith, H.G. 1978. The distribution and ecology of terrestrial protozoa of sub-Antarctic and maritime Antarctic islands. British Antarctic Survey 95, Cambridge, UK.

Book chapters

Meisterfeld, R. 2002. Order Arcellinida Kent, 1880, In: Lee, J.J., Leedale, G.F., Bradbury, P. (Eds.). An illustrated guide to the protozoa, second edition, vol. 2. Society of Protozoologists, Lawrence, Kansas, USA. pp. 827-860.

Please, note that the "In:" must be used either the manuscript is submitted in English or Spanish.

Web sites

Platnick, N.I. 2007. The world spider catalog. American Museum of Natural History. http://research.amnh.org/entomology/spiders. Last accessed May 10, 2015.


Examples of references within the main text

  • References must be cited in chronological order: (Wylezich et al., 2002; Chatelain et al., 2013)
  • If two or more references are from the same year, then they must be cited in alphabetical order: (Fernández, et al., 2012; Wilkinson et al., 2012)
  • If two or more references belong to the same author and were published in the same year, then they must be cited in this way: (Meisterfeld, 2002a, 2002b)

Please, notice the use of italic and comma when writing “et al.,”          


10. Figures and Tables

  • Figures and Tables should be cited in sequence along the main text: e.g., Fig. 1, Fig. 2 and Table 1, Table 2, etc.
  • Figures should have a minimum resolution of 600 dots per inch (dpi) and must be submitted in JPG or TIFF format
  • Please notice that there is no charge for figures in color and thus, authors are encouraged to submit colorful pictures and maps
  • Figures must correspond to unpublished material
  • If authors want to include pictures or figures already published in other sources, they must request and provide the corresponding permits. Permits must be submitted together with the paper
  • All information within figures should be written in English, using Arial 12-point or higher typeface
  • Always provide both a Figure legend in English and Spanish. The English legend should be situated above the Spanish legend if the paper is written in English and vice versa:

Fig. 1. Species-accumulation curves calculated in function of time.

Fig. 1. Curvas de acumulación de especies calculadas en función del tiempo.

  • Tables are used to provide additional information. They should not be used to repeat the information that already was shown in the text
  • Tables should be self-explanatory
  • All information within the Tables must be written in the same language in which the paper was submitted (i.e. if the paper was submitted in English, then the Table must be also written in English). However, each Table must be accompanied by both a legend in English and Spanish, independent of the language in which the paper was submitted

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